As for visuals, the album cover art features a dark, ominous figure pointing at the listener from a consuming wall of flame, demanding the listener’s soul in return for gracing their pale existance with a shimmer of the awesomeness that writhes within the flames of hell. And let’s not forget the mesmerizing keyboard part. The only vocalists I can think of who can reach all these octaves so fluidly are Rob Halford, Tim Aymar and Eric Adams, yet none of them can go to the extremes that Mr. Superchard , August 30th, Not quite a hallowed album, ‘Don’t Break the Oath’ is certainly the most inspired and technically sound outing by an important band – one album that you should make it your priority to encounter. A short “rocking” guitar solo sort of a reminder that this album was made in the middle eighties introduces Night of the Unborn, again King Diamond’s experiments with his vocals show some unconventional vocal melodies, sounding really eerie and sick at the same time. The last few lines in particular bleed blasphemy.
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Kim Ruzz’s drums pound away under it all, not a flashy performance or a double bass extravaganza just rock solid and working to support these songs. The drums are still fairly megcyful, but you can’t mix out drums.
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And it fucking rules. However, beneath the more material aspects of the album, I hate to say this, but there’s a very strong sense of atmosphere that should be dob drawn to black metal than anything else just listen to “The Oath” for cryin’ out loud! If you claim to be a fan of heavy metal, then you need this album. And be sure to get the remastered version.
Mercyful Fate – Don’t Break the Oath – Reviews – Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives
Retrieved April 16, This record is amazing and while some give Melissa the nod as Fate’s best I think this one takes the cake. There is nothing wrong with the joyousness of metal, of course, and the band do sometimes sound threatening, though not nearly as dangerous as one might expect. This is also starting to tilt in the direction of Diamond’s solo work.
You get Mercyful Fate, that’s what. If you don’t like his vocals this will be a problem, but if you don’t like the King’s vocals you need to pull your head loose anyway.
This is normal growth, and it’s an obvious positive that they are experimenting with their sound. As for visuals, the album cover art features a dark, ominous figure pointing at the listener from a consuming wall of flame, demanding the listener’s soul in return for gracing their pale existance with a shimmer of the awesomeness that writhes within the flames of hell.
The songs are complex with countless of riff changes and various vocal lines. Their ability to seamlessly integrate heavy prog riff transitions and rhythms makes even classic Fates Warning sound clumsy by comparison. I like this album better than Melissa for two reasons.
Perhaps such an upgrade in dno for the songs is the indication faet Hank wanting to go in a more commercial direction, but there’s certainly nothing here that will be mistaken for Desert Plains. It’s not so generic or otherwise too out of place that it necessarily detracts from the album lath, but I’d have liked a little more interesting things to have transpired on these tracks, they’re otherwise solid tunes that help keep the album afloat though, and a little pop-metal never hurt anyone.
Or take “Night of the Unborn” which demonstrates unrelenting guitar work. A pinnacle of musical mastery, Don’t Break the Oath will eat at your soul like the wrath of Satan it invokes, and once it starts, it’s unrelenting. Timi Hansen was arguably brea, ahead of Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris by this mercfyul, his basslines packing the songs with moody undertones and frantic energy as required, while the solos are always outstanding, and some of the riffs were truly revolutionary – let me point out ‘A Dangerous Meeting’ and ‘Nightmare’ for the most clear developments from NWOBHM.
King Diamond is so cool; he could make love to your girlfriend, kill your dog and piss on your designer clubbing gear all at the same time. If you’re more of a Diamond fan, than you will almost certainly prefer this to the debut.
This is where it all came together – the songwriting, the vocals, the guitars – everything. I am more than proud to say that I am in the latter category.
NightcrawlerJuly 13th, Besides, very few bands merctful as heavy and brutal, yet remaining as tight and in possession of anything resembling good production!!
Diamond, we deny Jesus Christ, the deceiver as well; he couldn’t rock nearly as hard as you. I’m alone with my friends. Now we’re going to get to the final, summary paragraph, where I tell you why you should buy this album.
Don’t Break the Oath – Wikipedia
This page was last edited on 16 Aprilat Same with Nightmare, which is another epic number. It is the best song this band ever did.
Don’t Break the Oath King’s vocals on that old recording sound pretty damn funny though